The course provides an introduction to research and research studies as well as exercises in designing a thesis plan. The thesis plan should contain a problem statement; a specification of the research question, clearly outlining how it is linked to the research field of choice; a specification of methods to be used as well as outcomes; time plan and milestones, including a specification of the publications intended to make up the thesis.
Questions and topics discussed on the course include: What is research? Research and research study programmes – how do they relate? How are they related to single PhD projects? Supervision, follow up, coaching and mentoring – what is the role of the doctoral student? What is the role of the supervisor? Project planning and project management. Planning and documentation of experiments and studies. Scientific writing. Research ethics and good research practice. Research and its role in society, its possibilities and limitations.
The course will also provide an introduction to the individual study plan.